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A Young Mother’s Prayer

They're only little once, Lord. Grant me the wisdom to guide them down the path that their feet should take. For I know that they can never turn back and walk those paths with me again. Give me the wisdom to guide their feet so that someday they'll be able to walk alone.

They're only little once, Lord. Give me the time I need to enjoy them. For I know that after they're grown, I'll never have another chance to tell stories and pretend at those tea parties. I'll never have another chance to watch them in a school play or sing songs at VBS or see them catch their first fish or hit that first home run.

They're only little once, Lord. Let me be a loving mother. Let me correct and not punish, explain and not merely scold. Let me know when to correct, and how often, and when it's best just to look the other way. Help me to be patient and give a gentle hand to mold them into better people.

They're only little once, Lord. Let me be a good teacher and an even better example. Give me the right words and deeds to teach them of Your everlasting love. Let me tell them Your story and live Your commandments so that they'll long for Your kingdom and live their lives accordingly. Grant me the key to unlock their spirits and truly set them free.

For, Lord, they're only little one time, only innocent and trusting and pliable for a space of time, one minute in an eternity. Let me do my best for them while I have the chance. Amen!

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward